Watch more Stains & Laundry videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/358-Stains-and-Laundry Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Hand wash clothes safely with the tips in this video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Wash the sink Wash the sink so your clothes won't pick up new stains in your basin. Step 2: Use the right temperature Follow the label's water temperature instructions. Dipping a blouse whose label says "wash in cold water" into sink full of scalding suds will weaken the garment's fibers, and giving a warm-water garment an ice bath will leave it feeling like cardboard. If in doubt, use lukewarm water. Tip Sweaters should always be washed in cold water to prevent shrinking. Step 3: Separate by color Wash whites and colors separately. If you are washing a colored garment for the first time, wash it alone to see if the dye bleeds. Step 4: Use a mild detergent Use a teaspoon of detergent made especially for delicates. A mild shampoo or dishwashing detergent would work, too. Just don't use your regular laundry detergent, which requires more agitation to break it down than your arms can provide. Step 5: Swish clothes in the suds Gently swish the clothes in the sudsy water for a minute or two. If the garment has a stain, add a smidgen of detergent to the spot and gently rub it in with your fingers. Step 6: Rinse thoroughly Rinse thoroughly. Don't leave any soap behind, which can weaken the garment's fibers. Step 7: Remove excess water Remove excess water by rolling the item in a towel. Never wring or twist clothing, which can distort it. Hang silks and polyesters to dry; reshape knits and lay them flat on a fresh towel. Tip If you have access to an outdoor clothesline, hang your garments outside to air dry. Step 8: Consider the gentle cycle In a time crunch? "Hand wash" your clothes in a washing machine by putting them through the delicate cycle, which is shorter and slower than a normal wash. Remove the items after a minute or two in the spin cycle. Did You Know? A British inventor created a washing machine that uses just one cup of water per load.
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